02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 13:55
Buffalo native Rodney Taylor's recent series of paintings, on view in Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor at Albright-Knox Northland, was inspired by houses surrounding the artist's studio and home on Fillmore Avenue.
Taylor often painted these structures as ghostly shells, exposing as vulnerable those spaces in which we might expect to feel safest. These images confront us with what we regularly see but rarely acknowledge: the burden, unequally distributed in an environment of increasingly stark economic disparity, of maintaining what ought to be a space of sanctuary and shelter.
Taylor passed away in December 2019, leaving our entire region with his unparalleled legacy of painting. His was a profound talent for harnessing intense and extraordinary emotion as a seemingly infinite array of marks in multilayered compositions. The nine paintings on view in Open House are the result of days and even weeks spent researching images, considering philosophy, and contemplating the full scope of his work.